Tag: Lgbt-rights

Disney Ends Boy Scouts Funding Over Gay-Leadership Ban

By Chris Hoenig The Walt Disney Company (No. 39 in the DiversityInc Top 50) will end all funding of the Boy Scouts of America because of the organization’s ban on gay scout leaders. The halting of donations, which will begin in 2015, only affects local Boy Scouts troops because Disney…

Arizona's Anti-LGBT Law Gets to Gov.'s Desk, Gets Vetoed

Updated 2/26/14 8:32pm ET with Gov. Brewer’s veto. By Albert Lin The Arizona State Legislature has become the first in the nation to pass a bill that essentially would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people, but the measure has been vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer. Senate Bill 1062 passed…

Transgender Teen Gets Historic Court Victory

By Chris Hoenig Transgender students should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice, according to Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court. The ruling stems from a lawsuit brought by the family of Nicole Maines, who was required by her school to use a staff restroom instead of the girls’ student…

Mayor: Sochi Has No LGBT People

By Albert Lin The Sochi Olympics open on Feb. 7, and Russia’s position on LGBT people has been made clear. However, Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov took the government ban on the promotion of “nontraditional” sexuality to minors to an interesting place when he declared in a BBC interview that his…

Grammys Feature Same-Gender Weddings

By Albert Lin One of the highlights of Sunday’s Grammy Awards was a mass wedding of 33 couples, many of whom are same-gender partners. The ceremony took place between performances of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ pro-gay-marriage hit “Same Love” and Madonna’s “Open Your Heart.” The couples reportedly were found using…

Candidate: Autism, Dementia, Disasters Are Punishment for Gay Marriage

By Chris Hoenig Disease and disaster are God’s punishment for same-gender marriage and abortion, according to a Congressional candidate in Illinois. Susanne Atanus is running in the Republican primary for the state’s 9th Congressional District, which includes Chicago and neighboring communities and which has been represented by Democrat Jan Schakowsky…

Same-Gender Marriage Closer in Va. After New AG Stops Defending Ban

By Chris Hoenig Photo by Shutterstock Anti-gay-marriage activists can no longer count on Virginia. Legal challenges of the state’s same-gender-marriage ban will no longer be defended by the state, and Attorney General Mark Herring will instead join those trying to strike the ban, his office announced Thursday. “After a thorough…